Tag Archives: tzara’at

Tazria-Metzora (Lev. 12:1 – 15:33)

“Eeewww! Gross!” That’s the typical reaction to the Torah portions Tazria (Lev. 12:1- 13:59) and Metzora (Lev. 14:1-15:33), especially if you’re 12 and have just been told this will be your Bar or Bat Mitzvah portion.  At least this year, … Continue reading

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B’Haalotekha (Numbers 8:1 – 12:16)

This week’s portion is of two moods.  The beginning is a continuation of the preparations before finally setting out from Sinai.   Aaron lights the lamps of the 7-branched menorah.  The Levites are officially designated and ritually purified, including a full … Continue reading

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Metzora (Lev. 14:1 – 15:33), Shabbat HaGadol

This week’s reading continues the instructions concerning tzara’at.   Once the priest declares a metzora healed, the purification begins so that the outcast can be readmitted into the society.  The priest takes 2 birds, cedar wood, crimson thread, and hyssop; slaughters … Continue reading

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Tazria (Lev. 12:1 – 13:59), Shabbat Rosh Chodesh (Num. 28:9 – 15), Shabbat HaChodesh (Ex. 12:1 – 20)

This week, a Torah triple header: 3 readings, 3 books, 3 scrolls.  In addition to the regular weekly reading, Tazria (Lev. 12:1-13:59), there’s a special reading about prescribed sacrifices (Num. 28:9-15) because it’s Rosh Chodesh, the first of the month, … Continue reading

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Tazria-Metzora (Lev. 12:1 – 15:33)

I’m later getting this out to you than I’d hoped, but I’ve been dealing with a pantry moth infested pantry, plumbing issues, and a recalcitrant computer, all now dealt with satisfactorily. The text concerns ritual impurity (tumah) that results from … Continue reading

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Metzora (Lev.14:1-15:33)

Metzora opens with a description of the rituals for purification of a metzora, i.e., a person suffering from tzara’at (some skin affliction that is not Hansen’s disease).  Then houses with tzara’at are described (reddish or greenish streaks) as is how to deal with them.  … Continue reading

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Tazria (Lev.12:1 – 13:59), Shabbat HaChodesh (Ex. 12:1-20)

We have come to Shabbat HaChodesh (Sabbath of THE Month, i.e., the month of Nisan), the fourth and final special Sabbath before Passover with a second scroll reading and a special haftarah.  The second scroll reading, Exodus 12:1-20, contains instructions … Continue reading

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